“When does speech start, Mrs. Day?”
I’ve come in early and stayed late. Read scripts and planned rehearsals
“Remember, you need to plan a beginning, middle and an end” But what do I know?
“Don’t be inappropriate”
I’ve listened to kid after kid
I’ve ridden more school buses than a 60-year-old should have to
I’ve locked keys in buildings
Blown out projector bulbs
Raced to the gym for forgotten ballots
Wiped tears, hugged and consoled, and given a million high fives.
I have beamed with pride as the nervous performed and they know they’ve done their best and I’ve celebrated excellence at All-State.
It has never been about me.
This has never been my speech team.
It is yours. It is as successful as you make it.
Juniors, you are now the leaders.
Talk to Mrs. LeFebvre about what you want to do. Help her out at rehearsals. Help the newbies. Recruit!
Next year won’t be the same--for any of us.
But it will be what you make it.
Make it a good one.